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Rock Hill is the largest city in York County, South Carolina and a satellite city of Charlotte, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 49,765. According to 2004 estimates the city has a population of 57,902. The city is included in the... (More Info and Source) Rock Hill Real Estate

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NC fugitive on the run for 40 years believed to be in custody

A North Carolina fugitive on the run for more than 40 years is believed to have been captured in Iowa.
 
Ronald Carnes was serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery at the Mecklenburg Correctional Center in Huntersville when he escaped in 1973.
 
Carnes had been on the run ever since until a possible breakthrough out of Iowa earlier this week.
 
Authorities said facial-recognition software led them to where Carnes was living in Waterloo, Iowa after his driver's license picture matched an already existing template in the state's system. 
 
Federal and state officials searched his home and Carnes was taken into custody.
 
“This technology stores every photo taken for ID cards and passports," said Chris Swecker, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director who currently lives in Charlotte. "It allows authorities to compare different facial features, biometric features to a flat photograph. Officials can compare photographs with others photographs and make matches."
 
Swecker said 37 states in the United States are using the technology and the majority of those states allow access to law enforcement.
 
"People who are concerned with privacy shouldn't worry," said Swecker. "They are only running photos of people who have committed or suspected of committing crimes."
 
Investigators are waiting on fingerprints to confirm Carne's identity.
 
Carnes can be extradited to North Carolina once he resolves charges he is facing in Iowa.

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:33:27 -0400

Weather partially to blame for uprooted trees

Charlotte is known for the abundance of trees but for some homeowners, they’ve become a hazard. The weather is partially to blame for more trees uprooting, hitting homes and even people.
 
“All of a sudden you hear the crash of a huge limb realizing that could have been someone's child,” Christopher Dennis, president of the Lockwood Home Owners’ Association, said.
 
Dennis told Eyewitness News he loves trees, but he also knows they can be dangerous. He saw that firsthand just a few weeks ago.
 
“A tree fell over and hit somebody's car,” Dennis said.
 
The Lockwood neighborhood isn’t unique in that aspect.
 
Last week, a tree fell and killed a man in his backyard in Matthews. The weather and the way trees are planted are partially to blame for the number of fallen trees we see.
 
“Charlotte has really been noted for its trees, but they'll plant the huge trees between the street and the sidewalk,” Don Blankenberg, with Pine Lake Nursery & Landscaping, said. “So it just doesn’t give them much area to grow in.”
 
Blankenberg told Channel 9 that homeowners need to look out for tree tops that don’t have many leaves and shallow roots.
 
“They just can't take that wind and that pulls them right out of the ground,” Blankenberg said.
 
He said the moist winter and spring can also lead to root problems. 
 
“The tree that actually fell a few weeks ago, it wasn't a very heavy wind but you could tell from looking at the tree, that the roots were shallow and the tree was dead,” Dennis said.
 
Dennis told Channel 9 he’s looking into grants to help homeowners pay for tree removal.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:54:37 -0400

Injured Green Beret gets service dog

A local group is helping make life a little easier for a soldier injured in Afghanistan.
 
Billy Costello is a U.S. Army Green Beret who lost one of his legs when a roadside bomb exploded while he was on patrol.
 
He got the dog when it was just 10 weeks old hoping it would be his service dog.
 
The Charlotte organization The Dog Knowledge has trained the dog to help Costello live a better life.

 “He's been trained to do everything from retrieving my prosthetic leg to opening cabinets, shutting doors, retrieving keys and turning off lights,” Costello said.

Costello took the dog home Friday night to Fort Bragg.

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:40:37 -0400

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